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Divine Reality: Shri Neeb Karori Ji Maharaj

by Ravi Prakash Pande

Sri Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj appeared to be an ordinary human, but he was actually divinity incarnate.
He inspired people in unseen, intangible ways. No one could predict his behavior. His actions revealed an
all-knowing, all-pervading, and all-powerful being who had nature itself under his command. Our rational
minds made it difficult to accept such power in a human being, but Baba's divine love melted away our
natural scepticism and submerged us in grace.
The accounts of Baba's lila, or his divine play, described in the main body of this book are devotees'
personal experiences of Baba. Since he was averse to public acclaim, the accounts remained verbal during
his lifetime and for some time after he left his physical body. Devotees rarely shared their experiences
with people they did not know, and no one could gather the courage to keep a record of Baba's lila while
they were with him. The renowned thinker and writer K.M. Munshi was impressed after meeting Baba
and published an article on him, but he faced Baba's disapproval for his actions. The late Raja Bhadri,
former lieutenant governor of Himachal Pradesh, made a great effort to collect many of Baba's lila, but
when he sought Baba's consent to get them published, Baba not only refused but had the entire collection
destroyed in his presence.
In 1971 Baba's American devotee Ram Dass (Dr. Richard Alpert), former professor of psychology at
Harvard University, was successful in narrating the powerful effect of Baba's influence on him in his
bookBe Here Now. In 1979, six years after Baba left his body, Ram Dass published another book
entitled Miracle of Love. It was through this book that more of the western world came to know about
Others have also written about Baba in English, but there is a lack of literature about him in the Hindi
language. Prabhu Dayal Sharma composed two beautiful poems in Hindi, Vinaya
Chalisa andPushpanjali, and after 1973 Vrindavan Ashram started publishing Smriti Sudha, an annual
magazine in which devotees write about their experiences of Baba.

In preparation for writing this book, personal interviews were conducted with people from man nations,
and all the literature available on Baba was researched. Every effort was made to give information about
the people related to the events included except where individuals wished to remain anonymous.
Enquiries were made to verify the authenticity of the accounts, and care was taken to reproduce them
without exaggeration. In addition to incidents that took place before 1973, peoples' experiences of Baba
after his Mahasamadhi are also described.
The accounts have been arranged according to their context and reflection of divine attributes rather than
chronologically, for some people related their experiences based on the lasting impression they made
rather than the exact date the event occurred. Since the attributes are interdependent, some experiences
may reflect more than one. The word "" (pronounced Raam) closes every chapter because the name of
Lord Ram was most dear to Maharaj.
Baba's mystical lila inspires us to discover the essence of truth and often brings about a spontaneous
change in our perception of this world. His divine ways are so exceedingly impressive and attractive that
contemplation of them encourages us to seek improvement of the inner self. As a consequence of this
inner cleansing, people start experiencing Baba's grace and sometimes see him in dreams as well as in
waking reality. Thus, by thoroughly contemplating and reflecting on his character and divine lila, it is
natural that there will be changes in the thoughts and tendencies of aspirants. To facilitate this
transformation is the purpose of this book.
I had the opportunity to meet Baba for the first time in 1944 in Lucknow. After 1953 my association with
him increased, and I was blessed to be with Baba in Kainchi Ashram for some time every year from 1966
to 1973. In this way I became more and more in touch with his devotees and their wonderful experiences
of Baba.
I bow to the revered feet of Sri Siddhi Ma, who inspired me to write this book, and with whose blessings
this great task has been completed. I also express my sincere gratitude to everyone who shared their
experiences and encouraged me, especially Shri Kehar Singh ji, who contributed so much from his many
years of close association with Baba. I am also grateful to the Hanuman Foundation, U.S.A., for making
several photographs of Baba available for publication in this book.
I acknowledge that I have neither the intelligence nor the capability to describe the greatness of Baba and
so beg pardon of the reader for my inadequacies. Baba concealed his true nature, but by his grace, I
present to the reader the little I knew and saw. I publish this book with a selfless prayer for the welfare of
all humankind. If in the accomplishment of this task I have inadvertently hurt the feelings of anyone, I
humbly seek their pardon.
In the end I submit the book to Sri Kainchi Hanuman Mandir and Trust.
Ravi Prakash Pande "Rajida"
Sri Kainchi Hanuman Mandir & Ashram
Kainchi, District Nainital
Guru Purnima, 11 July 1987

An Entreaty For Grace

O Haven of the shelterless, you are the compassionate one, the embodiment of grace, the forgiver. Some
know you by the name of Lakshman Das, some as Neeb Karori (Neem Karoli), and a few others as
Talaiyya Baba (baba of the lake). Some address you as Maharaj (great king), some as Sarkar (lord), and
some as Baba (beloved elder). Baba is dearest to my heart.
Maharaj, for me, you are Ram, you are Krishna, you are Shiva, you are Goddess Durga, you are Hanuman.
Your devotees were close to you, but you used your grace and humility as a curtain to hide your divinity.
In childlike innocence, we did not realise that God had come to us as our guru. You said, "I make
devotees, not disciples." This was enough to alert us, but we did not wake up. O God incarnate! Protect the
bond between us.
Baba! It is your nature to elevate the lowly and make them worthy. You fulfil even the simplest wishes of
your devotees. This servant of yours has nurtured a yearning. Knowing the innermost thoughts of all, it is
not hidden from you. O Lord! I have a keen desire to spread the story of your divine play, but I feel quite
incompetent for the great task. Efforts to describe God all end by saying neti, neti (not this, not this), yet
one cannot help praising his glory. Similarly, words have not the power to express your divinity, for there
is no end to you or your divine play. Any effort to express who you are is like trying to drain an ocean with
cupped hands. No matter how much is said or how much is written, one cannot be satisfied with it.
I am aware of my own lack of capability on one hand and a lack of adequate knowledge of language,
literature, and style on the other. Under these circumstances it does not seem possible to safely carry the
nectar of your divine life to others. In the evening of my life, as unskilled a sailor as I am, it is my audacity
to get into the tumultuous ocean in a worn-out boat with timeworn oars. Yet leaning upon your
supernatural powers, may I persist in this stupendous task.
O Krishna! You made it seem as if your play in this human body was over. Your "disappearance" was a
divine act in itself. Your compassion is still alive and giving support to those seeking your grace.
O Lord! May I know if your divine nature need still be concealed? If not, kindly be seated in the heart of
this servant of yours, enlighten his wisdom, and gratify him by making his pen write. You alone can make
an impossible task possible. By your grace all hurdles will be removed, and this work will be completed. O
Ocean of kindness! I await the shower of your loving grace.

These flowers are offered with love and placed at your feet with care. Please accept them, O Beloved
Humbly I bow at your feet,
Ravi Prakash Pande "Rajida"
Sri Kainchi Hanuman Mandir & Ashram, Nainital
Bhadra-Shukla, Anant Chaturdashi
21 September 1983


Sri Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj was born in a well-to-do Brahmin family from the village of Akbarpur in
District Agra and was known by the name Laxmi Narian. He exhibited spiritual powers from birth, and
though he did not show an inclination for study as a child, he seemed to know everything. One night he
told his family that there would be burglars in the house. Taking it to be a child's imagination, no one
heeded his warning, but his words turned out to be true. Burglars broke into the house the same night.
At the tender age of eleven, Baba left his home and went to Gujarat, where he lived for seven years. He
stayed in the ashram of a Vaishnav (a worshipper of Lord Vishnu) saint who gave him the name
Lakshman Das and made him wear the clothes of an ascetic. His hair grew long and matted, and he wore a
loincloth tied around his waist with a rope made of reed. His sole possession was a kamandal (a pot made
out of a gourd). He also stayed for some time at an ashram in Babania, a village outside the town of Morvi.
There he practiced spiritual austerities, which included immersing himself in a lake for long periods.
From Babania, Baba set off on a journey around the country. While traveling, he arrived at the village of
Neeb Karori, in the district of Farrukhabad, and stopped to take some rest. Baba's speech was divine, and
although he had little contact with the villagers, whatever he told them came true. They became attached
to him and beseeched him to stay. They built an underground cave for him in which he immersed himself
in spiritual practice all day. No one saw him coming out even to attend the call of nature. He came out
only in the darkness of night. Later the cave gave in, and a new cave (which still exists) was dug out about

two hundred meters from the old one, on a neglected piece of land owned by a Brahmin named
Goverdhan. Baba had a Hanuman temple built on the roof of this cave, and on the day of consecration he
shaved his long, matted hair and started wearing a long, cotton dhoti (length of cotton fabric) instead of
the loincloth.
After moving into the new cave, Baba started interacting more with the villagers. He developed a friendly
association with the younger people of his age group and often participated in their sports. He mingled
with them so freely that it was not possible for them to be over-awed by the peculiarities of his astonishing
deeds. While playing hide-and-seek, he was able to locate any one of them instantly, wherever they might
be hidden in the forest, but when his turn came, he became invisible and was not to be found anywhere.
While climbing trees in the forest, his pursuers would follow him up one tree only to reach the top and see
him sitting on another. No one saw him leaping from tree to tree. While swimming in the village pond,
Baba would disappear under the water and come out after a long time. It was all a matter of amazement
and fun for them.
During this period a poor bird catcher named Gopal became Baba's ardent devotee and came to attend to
him every day. One day, forgetting Baba's instructions not to enter his cave, Gopal made the mistake of
going in with a pot of milk that he had brought for him. He found Baba in deep meditation with serpents
wrapped around his body. He was so horrified to see Baba in his Shiva-like form that his legs gave way
and the pot of milk slipped from his hands. He ran outside and fainted. Baba came out and lifted him up
saying, "You should not have entered the cave without permission." It was by Baba's touch alone that
Gopal regained consciousness.
One time Baba did not get food for several days. This was more of his lila. The villagers said that he
appeared agitated. He shouted at the holy image of Hanuman (an incarnation of Shiva and beloved
devotee of Lord Ram, he is the reliever of suffering, the embodiment of blessings, and a bridge between
people and God), "Will you starve me to death?" No sooner did he say these words than several people
came to the temple with plates full of fruits and sweets. Showing disrespect to the deity was an
incomprehensible act, but the villagers believed that Maharaj could do such a thing because he was not a
devotee of Hanuman but Hanuman himself.
One day Baba was on his way to the Ganges, where he used to bathe on the auspicious days of Ekadashi
and Purnima. He was walking with his devotee Gopal and a Muslim companion when he saw a train
traveling towards Farrukhabad on which he wished to travel. The moving train, which was about two
hundred meters away, suddenly stopped and did not move further until Baba and his attendants boarded.
As soon as Baba sat down, the train continued its journey. Later on, at the request of villagers who wished
to keep the memory of the event alive, the government of India set up a railway station at the place where
Baba boarded and named it Baba Lakshman Das Puri station after Baba. (Baba was called Baba
Lakshman Das by the villagers of Neeb Karori.)

On another occasion Baba went to Farrukhabad from Neeb Karori in the first-class compartment of a
train. Seeing his sadhu-like appearance, an Anglo-Indian conductor told him to get off the train at the
next station. Baba got down and took a seat on the platform. Despite all efforts of the station staff, the
train did not move; its departure was delayed for two hours. The conductor could not explain the problem
since no mechanical defect was found. In fact, the engine was running, but the wheels would not turn. All
the compartments of the train were checked thoroughly and no fault was found anywhere.
While the authorities were deliberating over the problem, some railway employees asked Baba in jest to
make the train move. Baba said, "I am turned out of the train and you are asking me to let it go!" An
employee replied, "Perhaps you had no ticket." At this, Baba showed them several genuine first-class
tickets. Amazed, they begged him to re-board the train and let it move. Baba willed it to be so, and the
train moved instantly. From then on Baba Lakshman Das became famous as Baba Neeb Karori, the baba
from Neeb Karori village.
In 1935 a rich man came to Neeb Karori and offered Baba a silver plate full of gold coins in the presence of
Goverdhan and some other Brahmins. Baba did not accept the offering. His rejection of it antagonized the
Brahmins, for they had wanted Baba to give them the money. Later another rich man came to Neeb Karori
bringing thirty cans of ghee (clarified butter) for the forthcoming yagna (fire ceremony) on the full-moon
day. Baba was in Farrukhabad at the time, taking a bath in the Ganges. In his absence the Brahmins spoke
to the rich man in a derogatory way about Baba and persuaded him to go away with his cans of ghee. Baba
could see all that was happening at Neeb Karori from Farrukhabad, and on his return he reprimanded the
Brahmins and gave up the idea of performing the annual yagna. One day shortly thereafter, he left the
village. He had lived there for eighteen years.
After leaving Neeb Karori, Baba lived for some time on the bank of the Ganges at Kilaghat in Fatehgarh.
There he associated with the local people and even reared some cows. To the amusement of his devotees,
the cows obeyed Baba's commands. During his stay he gave his blessings and darshan to many soldiers.
He also changed the heart of Colonel J.C. McKenna, his first western devotee, who had been averse to
Indian saints and monks.
After leaving Kilaghat, Baba wandered from place to place. Nothing can be said for certain about where he

went and what he did during this time. There was, however, a steady growth of reverence for him among
people in the towns of Bareilly, Haldwani, Almora, Nainital, Kanpur, Lucknow, Vrindavan, and Allahabad,
and also in Delhi, Shimla, and even Madras (Chennai), a far-off city in the South.
Without any publicity, urban and rural Indians of all ages, castes, and classes, as well as people from the
West became Baba's devotees. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, and even atheists were drawn to him.
V.V. Giri, former president of India; Gopal Swarup Pathak, former vice president; Justice Vasudev
Mukherjee; Jugal Kishore Birla, the famous industrialist; Sumitra Nandan Pant, the poet; former prime
minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, and many other well-known and distinguished persons had Baba's darshan
and showed great respect for him.
During the 1940s Baba began spending more time in Nainital. A great many of the town's inhabitants
became devoted to him. If they saw Baba going anywhere, they would leave their business or chores and
like carefree beings, follow him wherever he went. There was an inexplicable bliss in the households that
Baba visited. No effort was needed to find out where he was in the town at any particular moment because
his presence could be felt by the spirit of joy and festivity pervading that place. He would occasionally stay
in the houses of his devotees, but he spent much of his time on the secluded Manora hillside, about two
kilometers outside of the town. Sometimes he would pass the nights on the roadside parapets, and
householder devotees accustomed to domestic comforts would remain awake with him all night, night
after night, and still attend to their usual routine during the day. Instead of feeling fatigued, they felt a
new spirit of energy.
In the early 1950s Baba had his first temple, which he named Hanumangarh, constructed on the Manora
hillside. Over the next two decades he also had temples, and in some places ashrams, constructed in
Bhumiadhar, Kainchi, Kakrighat, Kanpur, Lucknow, Vrindavan, Shimla, Delhi, and other places. Baba
valued the temples and ashrams, but he had no desire or attachment for them. As soon as each temple was
completed, he would turn its management over to a trust.
Because of the social limitations faced by women in India, Baba made special facilities available to them in
the ashrams. Consequently the women devotees adored Baba as their guru, father, brother, or son,
according to their feelings. They participated in all the activities of the ashrams and contributed greatly to
the spirit of service that Maharaj encouraged.
Many visitors were fed every day in Baba's ashrams and given packets of prasad (blessed food) to carry
home for their families. The visiting ascetics were offered money and blankets as well as food. Baba would
say, "If you do not empty the stock, how can it be replenished?" Just as the sun never sees darkness, Baba
never faced a shortage of anything.
From the 1950s until his Mahasamadhi, Baba visited the temples and ashrams but never stayed in one
place for long. Wherever he stayed, he lived simply and was always concerned with the welfare of others.
Like a benevolent father, he shed his grace on all.
He nurtured the concept of Vasudhaiv kutumbakam (the world as one family) and would say that love
binds all together. His blood relations, along with countless others, merged within this worldwide family.
Devotees only learned about Baba's relatives when his last rites were performed. Baba said, "The whole
universe is our home and all residing in it belong to our family. Every woman is a mother or sister and
every man a father or brother. This is all God's family. You can do service of the highest order only if your
thoughts are centered on God. Instead of trying to see God in a particular appearance, it is better to see
him in everything."
On 11 September 1973 Maharaj ji left his physical body. Much remains a mystery about him and his lila
before and after this date. K.M. Munshi, former governor of Uttar Pradesh, wrote, "Nobody knows where
he came from or where he went away to, nor is his original name known to anyone." What we know about
him is only by his grace. He is a perfect example of how the eternal power assumes human form and
dwells for a time amidst the masses.

Baba's Divine Nature

Sri Baba Neeb Karori Maharaj was the very embodiment of grace and compassion. He showered affection,
fed people, and made them laugh. He loved everyone without discrimination and could not bear to see
anyone in distress. He was so affable that each of his devotees felt that Baba had special affection for them
and believed him to be their very own. Even simple words spoken by him always brought good, just as
seeds, in whatever way they are sown, always sprout upright.
He was like a kapataru (a celestial wish-fulfilling tree) in satisfying the beneficial wishes of people. Baba
would often call strangers by name and relieve them of their suffering by advising them suitably. He
would cure the diseases of people without their knowledge. He alleviated afflictionswhether physical,
spiritual, or mundanewith a mere glance or touch.
Some people call Baba the greatest ascetic, some the supreme saint. One devotee said that Baba appeared
according to one's thoughts or as a reflection of one's own feelingsoften as a beloved family member or
as a revered teacher. Baba came to one man in the form of Sri Ram, to another in the form of Goddess
Durga. Many believed him to be an incarnation of the all-powerful Hanuman. Swami Karpatri Maharaj
said, "In Kali-yuga, many learned saints have come into the world, but none is so enlightened as Baba
Neeb Karori." Swami Chidananda, the president of the Divine Life Society and Sri Shivananda ashram,
called him "a wonder mystic of Northern India." Baba himself said, "If people got to know the truth about
me, they would even pinch off the hair on my body and make talismans."
Baba, however, kept his divinity concealed. The villages of Akbarpur and Neeb Karori in Uttar Pradesh
were the fields of his lila for more than half a century. Nevertheless, the inhabitants of his native Akbarpur
were not aware that their own Laxmi Narain Sharma was known elsewhere as Baba Neeb Karori or Baba
Lakshman Das. Nor did the residents of Neeb Karori know that the baba who became famous all over the
world by the name of their village was none other than their own Baba Lakshman Das.
Baba's unassuming appearance caused common people as well as spiritual aspirants of a high order to

mistake him for a prosperous Indian householder. He made no pretensions about being a saint in order to
gain respect. He did not mark his forehead or wear a string of beads around his neck, nor did he wear the
saffron clothing of a sadhu. Instead, he wore a white dhoti and a blanket. In his own ashrams, if a stranger
asked him where they could find Baba, he usually replied, "There is no baba here. Go and have darshan
before the murti of Hanuman."
Baba often created a misleading impression of himself and bewildered people in order to divert their
attention. Many say he exhibited human weaknesses to this end. Baba credited other people with his own
extraordinary deeds, and if any of his devotees tried to speak highly of him in public or look for more
details about him, he did not allow them to stay in his company for long. Baba disdained the fawning ways
used to show esteem for him, though sometimes he would accept ritual adoration (puja) when it was
offered with true love and simplicity. Outwardly, however, he would still be busy talking or lost in thought.
The opinions of others, whether favorable or unfavorable, did not affect Baba. He would unhesitatingly act
contrary to expectation and at times even in ways that seemed humiliating in the eyes of the world. His
reasons were generally incomprehensible, yet he appealed to people so much that he always remained the
object of their reverence and affection. His paradoxical actions could often be explained by the fact that
Baba, like other saints, made use of the subtle, unseen forces of the universe. In this way rational logic
could not be applied to them.

Swami Ramanand said that Baba's state of consciousness determined his behavior. When Baba appeared
to be asleep, it would be just as likely for him to be in a state of bliss or on another plane. More often Baba
appeared restless. Even while sitting or lying down, he was rarely still. Baba's apparent mobility was often
attributed to the numerous benevolent works he was doing elsewhere unnoticed. Even Baba's physical
form would sometimes reflect his inner state. The photographs in which Baba's hand looks like a

monkey's paw suggest his absorption in the contemplation of Hanuman.

Baba never got tired of moving about day or night. He would often joyfully pass the nights in solitary
places, on parapet walls by the roadside, or in jungles. Sometimes he roamed about without food.
Sometimes, even after eating meals in the many homes he was invited to, he would say he was hungry and
ask for more food. [It is believed that Baba was taking on negative karma by eating at people's homes,
thus saving them from adverse effects.] At other times a piece of dry bread from a pious soul satisfied him.
Swami Rama ('Living With the Himalayan Masters') said that Baba was beyond the physical awareness of
his own self and so his behavior appeared childlike. He would occasionally forget to eat or to take his bath.
His attendants would remind Baba, and then he would perform the daily chores.
Sometimes Baba would be smiling at jokes and those around him would be laughing. In an instant he
would change the mood and people would start weeping. At times a few lines from the Ramayana (the
epic depicting Lord Ram's incarnation on earth), a recollection of Christ, or even an ordinary conversation
would touch his heart, and his own tears would flow profusely. Even his picture was seen to shed tears
when someone wept before it.
Baba led such a simple life that there was nothing one could give him. He did not accept money from
foreigners and discouraged others from doing so, but he would honor and accept humble offerings from
the poor. He had a natural affinity for the destitute and disadvantaged and would walk into their homes
uninvited and ask for food. He often said, "Everyone is poor before God."
At the same time Baba encouraged charity, generosity, and sacrifice and exhorted the rich to spend money
on the construction of temples and ashrams, on bhandaras (public feedings), and for the welfare of others.
On occasion he would put a devotee to the test by asking them for something that they were very attached
to or felt unable to part with. This again was his lila. He told people that generosity was a result of good
deeds performed in a previous birth and said, "To give or sacrifice for another at the cost of hardship to
yourself is very difficult. Such acts can only be performed because of sanskaras (predispositions or
positive tendencies) of previous births."
Baba's nature to forgive was unparalleled. He did not look down on anyone for their evil deeds or for
exhibiting human weaknesses such as desire, anger, pride, ignorance, or avarice. It is said in the
Ramayana that if God took heed of all of man's deeds, his redemption would become unthinkable. Even
though Baba knew everything, he accepted everyone as they were. Indeed, he would become unhappy if
someone mistreated a person who had committed an offense. Once, Baba ignored the traffic rules at a
crossing and was verbally abused and manhandled by the police officer on duty. Baba did not mind, but
someone else reported the incident to a higher authority. When the police officer was called to task, Baba
himself went to plead for the man and saved him from punishment.

There were times when Baba made a show of angerscolding and shouting. His Shiva-like wrath was not
easy to cope with. He did not hesitate to use a stream of course swear words, and sometimes he would
even strike out with his hand or foot. The person who was the object of his fury, as well as anyone
witnessing it, was shaken at these moments. Strangely enough, immediately after such incidents, Baba
would appear very calm and kind-hearted, as if nothing had happened. Eventually it was seen that his
anger averted the misfortunes of people and acted as a blessing in disguise. Even knowing that his anger
was never real, none dared to take it lightly.
No one knew how or on whom Baba's grace would fall. Even though people generally go to the hermitages
of saints and sages to have their darshan like a thirsty man goes to a well, Baba would visit the houses of
his devotees and often bless them by eating food prepared by them. He would extend this type of blessing
to anyone and eat vegetarian food without the slightest hesitation at the houses of Hindus, Muslims,
Sikhs, or Christians. He often brought other devotees along with him and expected them to be fed as well.
Even when he arrived unexpectedly, there would always be plenty. By his grace the quantity of food would
increase to the appropriate amount and save the hosts from embarrassment. Prosperity, peace, and
contentment filled the house wherever he took a meal.
While staying at the homes of his devotees, Baba would sit among them like the head of the family, take
interest in and listen to their day-to-day problems, give his opinion, and help them. Many families asked
Baba for advice on matrimonial alliances, and at times he would name a suitable bride or groom.
Whenever Baba suggested an alliance, it was bound to take place whether it was agreed to at the time or
not. Having expressed his view in respect to marriage, Baba would indirectly get it performed in a
satisfactory manner and thus relieve the family members of their anxiety. Certain people did not think it
proper for a saint to be interested in the worldly activities of householders, but these thinkers betrayed
their ignorance of Baba's divine nature. It is said in the Ramayana that the illustrious saints are moved by
the sufferings of others. Baba was benevolence itself, and so it was natural for him to shower his grace in
so many forms.
In addition to visiting his householder devotees, Baba would also go to the hermitages and caves of
spiritual aspirants (sadhaks) and grace them by his presence. Real sadhaks could not remain hidden from
Baba. He always helped them, directly or indirectly, in their spiritual practice.
Unlike some sadhus who do not tolerate children or consider them worthy company, Baba, having a
childlike temperament himself, loved their company and always fed them his nectar-like prasad. He
ignored their pranks and sometimes playfully encouraged them by giving preference to their wishes.

Baba's only expectation from children and young people was that they respect their parents and teachers,
which he insisted they demonstrate by bowing and putting their heads at the elders' feet.
He used to quote examples of how one man carried his mother on his shoulders for a bath in the Ganges,
or of one who ate only after he had offered food to his parents. Those who showed such devotion to their
parents were dear to Maharaj. In one context he said, "It is not necessary to seek God so long as the
parents are alive. The worship of living parents is difficult, but it is the best sadhana (spiritual practice)."
Baba would bring people to a higher state of awareness just through normal conversation. Sometimes he
kept people so absorbed all through the night that they were surprised to see the approach of dawn.
During discussions on spirituality, whatever he uttered touched the heart and had the effect of a great
mantra, or devotional incantation.
He said, "All religions are basically the same and they all lead to God. All human beings are equal. The
blood that circulates in the body through the heart is the same in all." He went to Mecca at the request of
Indian Ambassador Shri Kidwai, to church at the request of the American devotees, and accompanied
Sikhs and others to temples. Baba, who was initiated as a Vaishnav, appreciated whoever followed their
religion conscientiously and respected all religions alike, but he himself was not constrained by any. In
making the rituals less cumbersome, he would disregard the precepts of the scriptures when appropriate.

Baba encouraged the devotees to recite the Hanuman Chalisa (a forty-verse prayer in praise of Hanuman)
and the Sundarkand (the chapter in the Ramayana that describes Hanuman's exploits). He also guided
them in the prayers and annual religious functions at the ashram. Yet he himself would not participate in
them and kept aloof from formal ceremonies such as the consecration of temples.

He would tell people, "God resides within every heart." Sometimes he said that food is God. About God's
darshan, he said, "God exists in all aspects of nature, his creation. He is everywhere so is never out of our
sight. The fault is ours if we are not able to see him or do not earnestly try to see him. We must not limit
our vision. The narrow tendencies of the mind keep us so entangled in mundane activities that we are not
aware of him. Our impure thoughts prevent us from achieving peace of mind and divine love." He often
said that love is the best means for God-realization and would repeat again and again, "There is nothing
dearer to Ram than love."
Baba was continuously uttering "Ram, Ram" or sometimes "Radha, Radha" (names of God). Even while
talking, he could be seen moving his thumb continuously around his finger, as if repeating a mantra. At
times he became so engrossed that he appeared to be lost in himself. His devotion was sublime. He often
said, "Ram's form left this world, Krishna's form left this world, but the name stays. By reciting his name
everything is achieved," and shaking his head, he reiterated, "Everything is achieved."
Someone asked, "Isn't it hypocritical to worship God when you are not sincere in your devotion?" Baba
answered, "If you can't do it with true feeling and you don't want to otherwise, what will you do then?
Something is better than nothing. To begin with, one may not be entirely sincere, but in due course of
time, the thoughts get purified and the honesty of intention comes by itself. Can anyone have the vision of
God with naked eyes? One must have divine sight to visualize him and a person only gets it after the
purification of thoughts. For this, a pious life, bhajan, and spiritual practice are essential. Go on reciting
Ram and one day the true call for Ram will come out and you will be redeemed." According to Baba, one
true recitation of the name of Ram from the heart was equal to countless recitations otherwise.
He would also say, "Go on worshipping God in thought, word, and action. Then you will be able to
perform nishkama karma (deeds performed without any attachment or desire). The ability of nishkama
karma can be achieved only by his grace and cannot be acquired by any other means. None can claim a
right to his grace. It is up to him to give it, to refuse it, or to take it away."
Baba would say that attachment and ego are the greatest hindrances to the realization of God and that "a
learned man and a fool are alike as long as there is attachment and ego in the physical body." He would
advise people to surrender to God's will above everything else so that they might develop love and faith in
him and thereby be free of unnecessary worries in life.
To strengthen people's faith, he would repeat the lines, "O Lord of the Helpless! The strings of my destiny
are in they hand." And, "Like a fish in deep water, everyone is secure and happy under the protection of
God." He would tell people that prayers made in front of his photographs were answered by him. He also
said, "Have trust in God and the most difficult tasks become easy. For success, hard work alone is not
enough, God's grace is essential."
Baba was surrounded by people all the time and mingled with them freely, but like the wind he touched
everyone and remained unaffected. He listened to and inspired people, sometimes giving guidance in
dreams. He existed on many different planes. He would quote Kabir saying, "Of this world I am, desirous
of the world I am not, passing through the bazaar I am, the buyer I am not." In some ways Baba remained
like an open book that everyone could read, but few had the capability of understanding.
In truth, Baba cannot be fathomed. He was transcendent, all pervading, and beyond duality. His physical
form performed many miraculous deeds, but the real miracle was the love and concern for human welfare
implicit within them. To the seeker, Baba showed possibilities in human life that were beyond
imagination. To the man of action, he showed the path of righteousness. To his devotees, Baba gave a
glimpse of God in human form.

Baba's Durbar

Lovingly addressed as Maharaj, Baba was a master of the spiritual world. Some compared the gathering of
devotees around him to the court of a king surrounded by his courtiers. Unlike a king's court, however, no
one held a position in Baba's durbar nor did it have a set venue, time, or duration. Everyone could sit
wherever they liked, and there was no obligation for visitors to bow to Maharaj. The durbar would
assemble anywherein the ashram, by the side of the road, under a tree in the forest, or in the house of a
devotee. It was always open to everyone. One of the remarkable features of Baba's durbar was that
although it assembled and dispersed, its continuity was maintained. One durbar would end, but another
would assemble in no time, wherever Baba went. His great love for people and their love for him assured
an unbroken sequence of visitors.
The subject of conversation in Baba's durbar arose spontaneously and was never prearranged. Baba
usually asked the new visitor three questions: What is your name? Where have you come from? What do
you do? It was often from these three questions that a conversation would ensue. Once, Baba put the third
question as follows, "You, lawyer, what do you do?" Everybody burst into laughter, for Baba had revealed
his omniscience. Maharaj just smiled.
Many of Baba's lila took place in his durbar. Sometimes he answered the questions of foreigners before
the interpreter had finished translating them, and he would ask about members of their family by name.
While Baba did not preach or give religious discourses, he would often turn the conversation towards
spiritual matters. Even when the topic of conversation was common and worldly, which it often was, the
implication of Baba's words always had a deeper meaning. Sometimes Baba constantly repeated an
ordinary word like a child. Two words, "nan" and "thul," from the Kumaon dialect are synonyms for
"small" and "big"; Baba used these words like a chant and would utter "nan, nan" and "thul, thul"
continuously. Occasionally he would repeat these words in his durbar for days on end. The mystery lay in
the repetition; hearing them again and again, the devotees lost the distinction between big and small or
high and low. Consequently the vast community of Baba's devotees greeted and embraced each other

without discrimination of caste and creed.

The purpose of Baba's advice or orders was always very deep. Even common words like "come" and "go"
had special implications when spoken by him. Those who were experienced with his way of speaking
always thought it better to follow his commands verbatim. The result of non-compliance with his orders
or of making any change in them according to the dictates of one's own mental ability was always
disappointing and sometimes damaging.
Baba would often say something simple to one person while another person would receive a powerful
message from the same words. Sometimes he would speak in a gathering and only the individual to whom
he directed his words would hear them. Others would not hear anything. On occasion Baba would accuse
an innocent person of a misdeed when the guilty person was present. The innocent person, although
surprised at the accusation, would consider this as part of Baba's lila, whereas the guilty person would
understand that Baba knew the truth and feel remorse for his deeds.
Baba enjoyed solving people's problems and happily gave answers to their questions all day and night.
People came to him with spiritual questions as well as all types of worldly desires and problems. Some
came to him to enquire about their job prospects, some regarding their health or family problems.
Businessmen came seeking advice, and others sought boons for prosperity. Students and politicians
crowded around him hoping for a glimpse into their future, and childless couples sought his blessings for
children. Baba would provide practical solutions to all kinds of matters. He would even speak on subjects
such as child-care and suggest remedies for various ailments. Questions were asked on politics,
philosophy, yoga, devotion, ethics, diverse personal subjects, conduct, and many other topics. Baba
answered even complex questions in a few clear and simple words, sometimes before the person with the
questions asked them.
Baba openly admired virtues in his durbar so that people might be inspired to take on good qualities.
Likewise, he condemned wrongdoing, immorality, and deception so that people might renounce them.
Baba showered affection on a woman who was devoted to her husband in thought, word, and deed, and
addressing her as "Sati (the virtuous)," praised her profusely. On the other hand, he was displeased with
men and women who argued a lot and disturbed the peace at home. Behind this apparent disapproval, his
grace would still flow towards them indirectly. Baba would openly discuss and solve family problems, and
in this way, he encouraged others to improve upon their own behavior. Baba said, "A wife dedicated to her
husband is greater than a yogi." And, "Mother is the image of God."
Baba's devotees came from all walks of life, and although some of them led lives of dissipation, he did not
always insist on making them give up their bad habits. On the contrary, he gave them opportunities to
carry on and spent time in their company. In due course they gave up their bad habits on their own. He
often told people, "All are born into this world with natural wisdom and God is the great giver of this
wisdom." Whenever Baba addressed an atheist or a wicked person as a devotee or saint, he sowed a seed
of goodness that often brought about a change. With the passage of time, the seed would sprout, grow,
bloom, and finally bear fruit. It was common for such people to pass through a transformation.
Baba treated everyone equally. Although saints generally maintain distance from women, Baba mingled
with them freely. He could playfully hold the hand of any woman and without any hesitation, catch hold of
her nose and tweak it for fun. Nothing was seen as inappropriate in his behavior. Both male and female
devotees pressed and massaged his feet. His presence and touch communicated such good thoughts and
feelings that everyone felt uplifted. Baba regarded all human beings as his own children and treated them
accordingly. He often said, "You feel pestered with a few children, but I have so many."
Like parents with children, Baba was familiar with everyone. He addressed even eminent persons using
the words "tu" and "tum" [In the Hindi language, both "tu" and "tum" mean "you," but they are used to
address people of inferior status or as a term of endearment] and he used "hum" (we) to refer to himself.
His use of informal language was soaked with love and affection. His utterances, like "Tum samajhte
nahin, hamari kahi suno" (You do not understand, listen to what I say), and "Hamein bawla mat banao,
hum sab jante hein" (Don't drive me mad, I know everything), delighted everyone. A devotee said that

Maharaj once asked a group of people who had gathered to see him, "Why do you come to me?" Baba
answered himself saying, "You come to me because of my love for you."
Sometimes Baba showed his familiarity by asking someone to shake hands with him on some matter.
When the person hesitated, he would quickly take their hand in his own. People generally had no
reluctance to talk to him, however, even when a visitor was at ease in Baba's presence, sometimes their
thoughts and speech would inexplicably change. Perhaps they would only say what Baba wanted them to
say or others to hear. If Baba did not want a person to say anything, the person concerned either forgot or
with every effort, could not say anything, even though they were perfectly free to do so. Whatever Baba
willed to happen would happen, and what he did not want would never take place. Sometimes a
photographer would come to take Baba's photo. Baba would smile and allow it. Yet when the film was
developed, Baba's image would not have been captured. The same thing happened if someone tried to
record Baba's voice without his consent.
If a devotee convinced someone of Baba's greatness and took him to have darshan, Baba would present
himself in such a way that all the eulogies about him appeared exaggerated or embellished and the
devotee felt embarrassed. Incredible as it may sound, Baba's darshan could only be had by his grace. No
one could come to him of their own accord. Similarly, some people would become devoted to him after
one visit. Others could not understand his elevated spirituality even after a long association with him. In
any case, all were blessed by his sight.
The attraction of Baba's presence cannot be expressed in words. His countenance fascinated visitors.
Hours spent with him felt like fleeting moments. Those who came to him never wanted to go away.
Nevertheless, Baba knew of people's responsibilities and sent them off saying, "Come again." If Baba told
someone to go, they generally did not encounter difficulties on their way, and their work at hand was
often accomplished without delay. On the other hand, a person with pressing work would be waiting to get
Baba's permission to leave the durbar, and Baba would turn to a person who wished to stay and send
them away instead. Eventually it was seen that whenever a person was asked to go, it was the appropriate
time for him or her to leave. Either way, Baba's durbar could be summarized as "Aao, khao, jao (Come,
eat, go)," and the flow of grace as well as the coming and going never ceased.

Feeding the Children On the Path to God A Devotee's Sentiments A Lie Unexpected Darshan What
Name? A Rupee From a Poor Man Baba's Blessings Replies to Unasked Questions It Is All a Show A Future In
the Hills M.D. Not D.M. On Meditation A Son's Transformation All Will Be Set Right Repayment of a
Loan The Court's Decision His Body Is Worn Out A Six-month Wait A Promotion Foretold Darshan After
Twenty Years A Transfer Cancelled Two More Children Ordinary Problems Whereabouts of a Missing
Person Three Sons Fail-Pass She Won't Marry Baba's B.D.O. Daughter Hidden Devotion The Magic of
Speech Proposal Accepted By the Government The Destined Proposal It Will Not Be Done Speculation In
Gold An Unexpressed Desire Fulfilled Interrupted Samadhi One Ailment, Different Treatment You Will Be
I.G. A Desire For Halwa No Discrimination Bhushan's Promotion Not By This Bus A Desire Fulfilled A
Twofold Blessing Freed From Worry An Unusual Way of Showing Grace An Unexpected Visit Peace In the
Family Peace to a Restless Mind A Grudge Against Baba The Significance of His Command His Words Came
True An Opportunity to Serve Seasonal Fruit Disregarding Baba's Instructions A Warning Not to
Marry Resisting Baba's Influence The Consequence of Disobedience Roadside Darshan Cook Again Giving a
Test Testing Maharaj Go, the Test Is Over He Knew Everyone Peace and Comfort Beyond Imagination Go
Away From Here Present On Call Prasad For Tewari Exam Results The Last Exam Awakening India Dr.

Maharaj ji's appearance had a childlike innocence. He welcomed people openly, and they in turn talked
freely with him. If someone requested Baba to speak, he would feign ignorance and say he didn't know
anything; he directed his words to individuals rather than groups. Likewise, displays of knowledge or
oratory did not impress Baba, who said that even the children in India were proficient at this. He called
lectures or sermons the gymnastics of words and said, "Whatever we experience through the mind and the
senses is not the truth."
Baba's knowledge, like the great prophets, Christ, Kabir, Ramakrishna, Mohammed, and St. Peter,

encompassed universal truths far deeper than academic knowledge. Living in a simple manner among
ordinary people, Baba taught by his own conduct and caused an awakening in them. The past, present,
and future were all within Baba's vision, but it was only through his lila that one could catch a glimpse of
his vastness. As described in the accounts that follow, Maharaj would see into the minds and hearts of
people, and reading their innermost thoughts, use his power to relieve suffering, inspire faith, and fulfil

The Removal of Doubt

In May 1944 I had Maharaj's darshan for the first time at a house in Blunt Square, Lucknow. Upon
returning from my office, I found that members of my family were getting ready to go and see Baba. He
had just arrived in the neighborhood, and they asked me to accompany them. I did not know Baba then,
and while I always secretly gave reverence to those wearing sadhu's clothing, I generally kept myself apart
from them because I could not tell the difference between a real holy man and a fake. I did not agree to go
with them because I would not be able to offer salutation openly to Maharaj, and since this meeting was in
a neighbor's home, I felt this would be disrespectful to all. Somehow I also felt bad that I did not go or
even make an effort to find out who the baba was.
When everybody had gone, I sat and meditated on Baba. I told him about my inner conflict and asked him
to either send for me or come to my house and give me darshan. I told him I knew that he could do this if
he was a saint. At that very moment, in my neighbor's house, Baba asked my sister, "Where is your
brother? Why has he not come here?" She tactfully replied that I had just returned from my office and was

at home. Baba commanded her, "Go and fetch him. Bring him here." I was surprised when my sister
arrived and told me all that had happened. It removed my doubt, and I went at once and bowed at Baba's
feet in reverence. He turned his eyes away from me immediately. He did not say anything to me. He got
up and went away with another neighbor, Gargi Datt Mishra, to his house. All the others followed him,
and I came back home alone and upset.
I again meditated on Baba and prayed to him to come to my house and give me darshan. After a short
while I saw Maharaj coming to our house with some other devotees. We welcomed him, and he lay on a
takhat (wooden bed), talking to everyone as I massaged his feet. Though I was quite eager to talk to him,
he did not look towards me. He then got into a car and left. Baba had fulfilled all my preconditions, but I
still could not get peace of mind. How could I? My uneasiness was the ugly consequence of testing a
sidhatma (spiritually elevated soul).
Eight years later I again had Baba's darshan, this time in Tagore Town, Allahabad. I felt that the long wait
was my penance. Holding me by the hand this time, he took me outside, and in a secluded place he started
humming, "Ramahi keval prem piyara." [The only thing that is dear to Ram is love.] Indeed, the only
access to Baba is through love.
Baba's holding the hand of someone had its own significance. It meant that he had accepted that person. I
have been closely associated with my beloved and revered Baba ever since then, and sometimes he
gratified us by coming to our home.

Feeding the Children

Fewer visitors were coming to Kainchi ashram, for it was October and getting cold in the hills. One day at
about 2 p.m. Kundanlal Sah, an engineer, was going from Ranikhet to his home in Bareilly. On his way he
stopped his car at the ashram and went in to have Maharaj ji's darshan. There were only four people with
Baba. After some time many elderly lady devotees arrived from Nainital, and Baba asked all of them to
prepare puris in the kitchen. Sah said that he could not understand why so many ladies would be
preparing so much food when there were only four people with Baba and all the inmates of the ashram
had already taken prasad. It came to his mind that there must be some other reason for preparing large
quantities of puris and vegetables. At about 7 p.m. two buses full of scouts from Rajasthan arrived
unexpectedly at the gates of the temple. They were touring the hills and arrived at the ashram via

Dwarahat and Ranikhet. Baba was very happy to see the children and made them eat to their hearts'

On the Path to God

Late one evening Sri Ma and Sri Jivanti Ma and some other women devotees arrived in Kainchi for Baba's
darshan. Baba was not there; he had gone to Bhumiadhar. There were no buses at that time to return to
Nainital or to travel to Bhumiadhar. However, Sri Ma and Sri Jivanti Ma decided to go and see Baba.
They did not take prasad at Kainchi ashram because both Mothers ate only after having Maharaj ji's
darshan. They decided to walk the twelve kilometers to Bhumiadhar in the darkness of night on that
lonely deserted road. As they started on their way, a black dog appeared out of the darkness and
accompanied them as if he was there for their protection. When they arrived at Bhumiadhar at midnight,
Sri Ma thought of giving the dog some food. Almost in an instant the dog disappeared and could not be
found anywhere.
Before Sri Ma and Sri Jivanti Ma arrived, Maharaj ji had asked Brahmachari ji to prepare food for them.
Brahmachari ji waited outside the temple to greet them, and as soon as they arrived, they had Maharaj ji's
darshan. He praised them for their devout fervor and said, "When you have started on the path to God,
proceed, do not stop. He will take care of you." He then asked them to go and have prasad.

A Devotee's Sentiments
Bhuvan Chandra Tewari always took an offering when he went for Baba's darshan. One day Tewari saw
some small pears in a shop in Bhowali and selected a kilogram of good ones with the thought that
whichever pear Baba chose to eat, it should be tasty. After washing them carefully and with love, he put
them in a bag and went to the temple in Bhumiadhar.
Maharaj was sitting on a roadside parapet a short distance from the temple. He was surrounded by
devotees who were offering him good quality sweets and expensive dried fruit. Tewari put his simple bag
of pears before Baba. While talking to people, Baba ate all the pears one by one and smilingly handed the
empty bag back to Tewari. He distributed the offerings of the other devotees among the people present.
Tewari was touched by how Baba valued the sentiment behind the offering.

A Lie
One day Karanvir Singh returned home late from school. Baba was at his house and asked him, "Why did
you take so long? I have been waiting for you a long time." Karanvir Singh replied, "I have come straight
from college." Baba at once said, "It's a lie. You are deceiving Baba. You were free at one o'clock and it is
four o'clock now. Why don't you say that you were roaming around with your friends?" Baba then gave the
names of the friends that he had been with. Karanvir was dumbfounded. Baba laughed loudly and said,
"You can lie to your father, he is a simple man. But you can't deceive Baba."

Unexpected Darshan
Mahavir Singh loved the company of ascetics and saints, and he regularly attended to their needs. One day
in the early 1940s, while he was on his rounds at the Agra Cantonment railway station, he came across a
bulky man of about forty-five years of age. The man was wearing half of his dhoti around his waist and the
remaining half covering the upper part of his body. The man spoke to Mahavir amiably, saying, "Mahavir
Singh, how are you keeping now?" Mahavir replied, "I am much better." The man then asked, "How is
your liver pain?" Mahavir replied, "It is a little less." The man said, "It will be alright." Both of them began
walking together. Then Mahavir Singh said, "I do not remember you." Putting his hand gently on
Mahavir's shoulder, the man said, "I am Baba Neeb Karori." Mahavir had heard about Baba, but at that
moment he felt bewildered by his closeness. In the unexpected presence of Baba, he could not think of
what to say to him. Baba said, "Let us go to your house." They went, and since that time Mahavir Singh
has always had his grace. Baba gave him darshan every month for about six years, and Mahavir kept a
takhat and blanket ready for him

What Name?
A truck driver around the age of twenty-eight from Pithoragarh came to see Baba at Kainchi for the first
time in 1966. He offered pranaam (a respectful greeting made by joining the palms or bowing at the feet)
and Baba asked him, "What name?" He immediately replied, "Lalit Mohan." Baba said, "That's a lie,
Laxman Singh." The man was surprised to hear his real name from Baba, and by way of explanation he
said, "Baba, you are right. My name is Laxman Singh, and the members of my family call me by this name.
In my childhood, when I was first registered in school, my family wanted a better name to be written in
the school register, and they chose Lalit Mohan." This incident impressed the man so much that he
became Baba's devotee, and later, the driver of Baba's jeep.

A Rupee From a Poor Man

One day Baba arrived with some devotees at the house of Prem Lal, the manager of Titagarh Paper Mills
in Lucknow. Prem Lal had engaged a new servant to clean in the kitchen who was keen to have Baba's
darshan. After finishing his work, he sat on the doorstep of the room in which Baba was sitting. His upper
body was bare, and he sat with his head bowed in reverence. Baba asked him, "Whenever you visited your
guru, you gave him one rupee?" The servant confirmed this by nodding his head. Baba then said, "You
have brought a rupee tucked in your waistband for me?" He nodded again. Baba then said, "Come, why
don't you give it." The servant took out the rupee and gave it to him. Maharaj, who would refuse the
offering of lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of rupees, accepted a rupee from a poor man with great
affection that day. Sending him away, he told his devotees, "A rupee from this poor man is more valuable
than your twenty thousand rupees."

Baba's Blessings
The government of Uttar Pradesh under Chandra Bhan Gupta wanted to take over the Barabanki Sugar
Mills because of mismanagement. However, the cane growers got their way, and the government gave up
its intent. The government appointed Devkamta Dixit ji, one of the mill's directors, as the mill's receiver.
Dixit ji had to collect a large sum of money to run the mill.
The Central Bank of Barabanki turned down his application for a loan but advised him to approach the
chairman of the bank in Bombay. Dixit ji came to know that the chairman was going abroad in two days
time but decided to hurry to Delhi and then take a flight to Bombay to meet him. On his way he thought of
receiving Baba's blessings in Vrindavan for success in his efforts.
When he arrived in Vrindavan, the watchman at the ashram told him that Baba had left two hours earlier.
Dixit ji was perturbed at not being able to see him and thought that his efforts with the bank would be in
vain. Seeing Dixit ji disappointed, the watchman asked if he had come from Kanpur. The astonished Dixit
ji said yes. The watchman informed him that before leaving, Baba said to him, "A devotee of mine will
come from Kanpur. Tell him that his efforts will be successful. He should take prasad from Bihari ji."
Bihari ji's temple remains closed during the afternoon, and Dixit ji had to leave for Delhi immediately.
There was no possibility of getting prasad at that hour, but he decided to bow at the door of Bihari ji's
temple and buy prasad from the market. While he was bowing at the gate of the temple, a man opened the
door a little and came out. Dixit ji at once gave some money as an offering to Bihari ji and asked for some
prasad. The man went inside. He came out bringing a basketful of prasad and gave it to him. Dixit ji
received it happily and left for Bombay.
When he arrived, Dixit ji called on the chairman at his house in the Malabar Hills, but he was not home.
On an impulse he sent the basket of prasad into the house with a message that it was from Bihari ji. On
receiving the prasad, the chairman's wife herself came out to meet him. They were a Gujarati family. The
lady had been planning for some time to go to Vrindavan to have Bihari ji's darshan but had not been able
to. By getting the prasad at her home, she felt blessed by Bihari ji's grace. She asked Dixit ji to return the
following morning. The next day Dixit ji met the chairman, who immediately issued orders to the bank in
Barabanki to make funds available to Dixit ji as required. Dixit ji took a loan of two million rupees and
saved the mill from total collapse.

Replies to Unasked Questions

I met Baba at the home of my colleague Dixit ji on 14 November 1944, while I was posted to the head
office of the State Bank of India in Kanpur. Baba said to me, "I shall come to your house," and then got up
and left. I could not understand what he meant at that moment, but my brief meeting with him had such
an effect on me that I followed him in my car. Maharaj's car traveled too fast for me to keep up, but after
that I had a great desire to meet him again.
After some time I found out that Baba had come to Lucknow and was at Suraj Narayan Mehrotra's house.
The next day I went there with my wife and sister-in-law and found Baba sitting in a room with many
devotees. We stayed outside the room, and after Baba sent all the devotees away one by one, he called us
inside. First Baba said to me, "Ask what you want." I asked for his blessings, and ever since he has always
bestowed his grace on me. To my sister-in-law he said, "You worry about your husband unnecessarily.
Leave the worries aside and all will be well." Lastly he spoke to my wife, "You have come with something
in your mind. Say what you want to ask." Baba asked her twice to speak, but she kept quiet. Baba asked
her once again, and when she did not speak that time, he said, "Alright, I shall come to your house and see
you. Tell me then." My wife remained silent because she had made up her mind not to express her
questions in words and wanted to hear Baba's answers in private.
Later Baba visited Dixit ji's house in Kanpur, and from there I brought him to my home. We had arranged
for his reception in the outer room of the house, but instead of going there he said, "I shall sit in your
small prayer room." He went into the house as if he were already familiar with it, and I simply followed
him. He sat in the prayer room and asked me to send for my wife. Maharaj said to her, "What do you want
to ask?" Still she did not say anything. Baba then spoke for about ten minutes, answering all her questions
in detail. In the end he said, "Tell me if anything has been left out." As was her nature, she did not speak,
but there was a look of joy and contentment on her face. Maharaj said, "Never trouble a saint in this way
in the future." Baba left, and she told me that he gave replies to all her questions. After this incident our
whole family became his devotees.

It Is All a Show
Kishan Lal Sah, a teacher from Ramgarh, Nainital, often visited Kainchi to have Baba's darshan. His
devotion was such that Baba was both his guru and God. In spite of his deep faith, Kishan Lal was feeling
depressed. He was disturbed by the evil seen in the world and by his own lack of spiritual progress. One
day he went to Kainchi with the thought of discussing the matter with Baba.
When he arrived, Kishan Lal saw Baba sitting on one end of the wooden bridge over the river. He went to
him and bowed reverently. Before he could ask anything, Baba said, "You see others trapped by maya
[illusion]. Narada and Bharata were entrapped by maya. These great sages were trapped by it, so what is
there to say about others?" Kishan Lal felt that there was no need to question Baba further.
On a different occasion Sah went to Baba with innumerable questions on spirituality. He greeted Baba,
who was lying in his kuti (room), but he could not think of which question to ask first. Baba selected one
important question from the unexpressed ones and answered it without being asked. Baba said, "This
temple and whatever is seen by the human eye are illusion. What can you do about it?" This led to other
doubts and questions in Kishan Lal's mind. Baba again answered them without being asked. Baba said,
"Delusion makes everything look real." Kishan Lal thought that there should be a way out. Baba answered,
"Attachment is only dispelled by his grace." How can one obtain grace came to Sah's mind. Baba said,
"Constant repetition of God's name, even without feelings of devotion, in anger or lethargy, brings out his
grace. Once this is realized, there is no room for any misgivings."
In this way Baba satisfied the seeker by giving him simple answers to his important, unexpressed
questions. As it says in the Ramayana, "Ram, the embodiment of truth, consciousness, and bliss dispels
attachment as the sun dissipates darkness."

A Future In the Hills

Dr. A.J. Ventrov, a famous physician from France, was interested in the spiritual life and came to India via
Sri Lanka in 1950. He was initiated by a guru at Varanasi and renouncing the world, he became known by
the name Viyajananda. In his book In the Steps of the Yogis, he wrote about his own experiences of
Maharaj ji and narrated this lila:
"While I was watering plants one day, I saw Baba coming into the ashram with someone. He was telling
him about me, saying that I was English. By "English" he meant a foreigner, the word used for foreigners
in common parlance in the Hindi language. I had heard of Baba, as his name was often mentioned in the
ashram, but I had never had his darshan. Hence, I could not recognize him.
"Baba was well received, and all the swamis in the ashram were called to have his darshan in Annapurna's
temple. Looking at me, Baba said, "He is a saint. He feels at home here now, but he will go to the hills."
Baba repeated, "He will go to the hills." At that time I had no intention of going to the hills. I wanted to
complete my sadhana in that ashram. Two years after this event, in 1959, I had a desire to visit the hill
town of Almora. After roaming about in the hills for many months, I returned to Kashi ashram, but the
unpolluted mountain environment attracted me. In the beginning of the next year I went back to those
hills and stayed there. I was greatly impressed at the truth of Baba's words about me at our first meeting.

M.D. Not D.M.

Dr. Anup Kumar Saxena of Bareilly, the son of Kailash Chandra Saxena of Kiccha farm, was a student of
Standard VII when Maharaj visited his family's house and asked him, "What do you want to be?" He
replied, "D.M. [district magistrate]," for his grandfather was an I.C.S. (Indian Civil Service) officer. Baba
said, "You might become D.M. of Bombay or Calcutta, but what is the use of it? You will get a telegram
from home and will not be able to reach there by the time of your parent's death. You will become a
doctor. You are born to be a doctor. You will serve your parents at home and the people in general outside.
You will be educated at Meerut." The family was not at all interested in the medical profession. However,
Anup Kumar succeeded in his exams and applied to go to Meerut Medical College. He did not become a
D.M., but contrary to his own childhood aspirations and those of the family, he became an M.D., doctor of
medicine. He opened his own clinic as prophesied by Baba and looked after his parents

On Meditation
Baba often talked about the importance of meditation, but strangely enough, he would disturb some
people when they tried to meditate in front of him. On several occasions, while Baba was busy talking to
people, I took his feet in my hands and tried to meditate. Sometimes he moved his feet away, sometimes
he started moving his toe in my palm, and at times, knowing I was unable to reply, he would ask me
questions on the topic being discussed.
Baba understood all states of meditation and was aware of every individual's limited capacity for
concentration. In this context he once said, "The mind, bound by the physical body, has its own
limitations. A meditative state of mind must be acquired gradually or else there is a risk of becoming
insane. It is true that concentration imparts an insight that can lead to self-realization, but for those who
remember God and serve living beings, meditation and other kinds of ritual worship are not necessary.
Remembering God and cultivating the seva bhav [spirit of service] are easy methods to progress on the
spiritual path.

A Son's Transformation

One day Thakur Mahavir Singh of Agra told Maharaj, "You love Karanvir so much, yet he calls you a mad
baba." It made Baba laugh heartily, and he said, "This is the reason that I like him most. People come to
me with some motive. He only comes to me with love." Thereupon Thakur said, "Why don't you reform

Karanvir when you like him so much? See, his elder brother neither chews betel nor smokes. He always
occupies himself by doing well for others. But Karanvir is fond of all sorts of nonsense and his health is
always impaired. Why don't you make him realize it?" Baba unexpectedly became serious and said,
"Mahavir, you should not count on your elder son. Karanvir will improve with time and fulfil all your
Mahavir Singh did not take Maharaj's words seriously at that time. Two years later his elder son died.
Karanvir was so touched by the pitiable condition of his grief-stricken father that he decided not to do
anything that would hurt his feelings. Baba's words proved true. As far as he could, Karanvir Singh
fulfilled all his father's expectations.

All Will Be Set Right

The D.I.G. (Deputy Inspector General) of police came to Aligarh for an inspection. He was unhappy with
the local police because a gang of wire thieves had not been caught. He told them to make an arrest soon.
Baba arrived in Aligarh the same day. The D.I.G., who was a devotee of Baba's, sent Durga Prasad Tewari
in a jeep to get Baba. While escorting him, Tewari was thinking of how to arrest the wire thieves, for it was
weighing heavily on his mind. Baba unexpectedly spoke out, "The order to make an arrest has caused you
anxiety." Tewari did not understand what Baba was talking about. When Baba repeated his words, he
understood that it concerned him. He replied, "Maharaj, being in service, I have got to worry about my
job." Baba said, "Don't worry. Everything will be set right within three days," and repeated, "Everything
will be set right within three days."
The next day a head constable and two constables woke Tewari up. They had the three thieves who had
cut the wire with them. The police got information about the other wire thieves from them and recovered
about fifty kilograms of wire. On the third day the man who had bought the stolen wire was also arrested.
Everything was set right in three days.

Repayment of a Loan

In 1973 Ravi Kumar, an army contractor in Allahabad, came to Kainchi for Baba's darshan. He wanted to
offer some items that could be used in the ashram, but he did not have enough money. He contracted
Nandlal ji, a ghee merchant in Haldwani, and told him of his problem. He asked Nandlal ji to help him
and promised to repay all the costs incurred on his return to Allahabad. Nandlal ji did not know him nor
did he ask him his address, but he assured the contractor that he would soon buy everything requested
and send it all to Kainchi ashram. He spent a lot of money buying the things required.
One day Baba unexpectedly sent for Nandlal ji from Haldwani and asked him why he had sent all the
provisions. Nandlal ji told Baba all that had happened. Baba asked, "Do you know that man?" When
Nandlal ji replied in the negative, Baba asked him, "How will the money be collected?" Nandlal ji replied,
"I have sent all the goods on the word of that gentleman. If he doesn't send the money to me, it will not
bankrupt me." Baba was pleased with his reply and said, "You did right. That man is a thorough
gentleman. Had he asked you to send things costing even ten times more, he would have paid in full."
Baba's words fully assured Nandlal ji of the payment. A month after Baba's Mahasamadhi, Nandlal ji
received a bank draft from that person repaying the amount in full.

The Court's Decision

Many cases of a political nature were pending in the courts against me and my five friends between 1958
and 1968. Maharaj told me that they would finally be settled in our favor, so I was never worried about

them. At first we were acquitted by the court, but the government appealed to the High Court against the
decision. The cases were remanded for a review. After reviewing the cases, the Sessions Court sentenced
each of us to two years imprisonment. We appealed against the sentences.
Meanwhile some of my relatives went to Kainchi to see Baba and asked him about me. Baba told them
that the matter would be set right when a particular judge, who he mentioned by name, decided the case.
Soon after, the judge who was hearing the case was transferred, and another judge came in his place. The
appeal was heard in his court. The case was argued for a full day, and then the hearing was adjourned
until the following day. I was afraid because the new judge was not the one mentioned by Baba. The next
day the hearing was postponed for an indefinite period. It was taken up again when the judge mentioned
by Baba took charge. He gave the decision in our favor.
-Harish Chandra Dhaundiyal, Nainital

His Body Is Worn Out

Dhaundiyal once asked Baba about the health of three people. His first question was about his law
teacher, who had suffered a second heart attack. The second question was about his mother, and the third
concerned his brother-in-law, who had been ill for some time. Baba told Dhaundiyal not to worry about
the first two people. He asked him to tell his teacher to move about and to go out of Bareilly to work.
Regarding his brother-in-law, Baba said, "His body is worn out." Thirteen days after Baba said those
words, Dhaundiyal's brother-in-law died.

A Six-month Wait

One day in 1955 Maharaj was staying at Birla temple in Delhi, and Radhay Shyam, a dealer in gold and
silver from Firozabad, was busy attending to him. He stood at the door all day, directing visitors to Baba's
room. A man who seemed to have no faith in ascetics or temples sat alone at a distance. When Radhay
Shyam saw that night was setting in, he asked the man who he was waiting for. The man replied that Birla
had advised him to meet Baba. He also said that he wanted to see him alone. Although Radhay Shyam
asked the man to return the next day, he refused to go home. Radhay Shyam explained it all to Baba who
said, "Let him sleep in your room. We shall talk tomorrow."
The next day Baba gave darshan to the man. The man told Baba, "My family consists of only three people
my wife, a son, and myself. My son has been missing since 1947. I want to know whether he is alive or
not. If alive, should I hope to met him again?" Maharaj sent him away saying, "Go, you will meet him in
six months."
After four months the man began writing letters to Radhay Shyam in Firozabad, expressing his
disappointment at the fact that his son had still not returned. Radhay Shyam replied, informing him that
Baba had gone to the hills and that his letters could only be delivered on his return. He also requested him
not to send more unnecessary letters since the period mentioned by Baba had not yet elapsed. After six
months Radhay Shyam received a letter from the man stating that by Baba's grace his son had returned
home and that he was a teacher in Chandigarh. He also requested Baba's address so that he could go to
thank him in person.

A Promotion Foretold

Sub-Inspector of Police Ram Narain Sinha was very devoted to Maharaj. One day, when he had been in
the department for just a few years, Baba asked him to bring a pen and paper. When he brought it, Baba
wrote "Ram, Ram, Ram" all over it. At the end of the page he write, "You will become superintendent of
police." He then put his thumbprint on it and signed "Baba Neeb Karori" underneath.

In those days of British administration it was unthinkable for an Indian junior sub-inspector to rise to the
post of superintendent of police. Consequently, Sinha did not believe Baba's written prophecy.
Nevertheless, he kept that piece of paper with care. When India gained independence in 1947, the British
officers went back to England, and the Muslim officers opted to go to Pakistan, which created a scarcity of
police officers in Uttar Pradesh. In those circumstances Sinha was promoted to superintendent of police.
After continuing in that capacity for more than five years, the government brought forward a scheme
whereby officers promoted from the ranks were to be demoted and replaced by newly trained I.P.S.
officers. Sinha was very much upset by this scheme. He was telling his wife that he had better retire or
resign rather than serve in such humiliating circumstances, when his attendant came to tell him that there
was an ascetic in the street outside who wanted to talk to him. Sinha went out and saw that the ascetic was
none other than Baba Neeb Karori. Seeing him, Baba said, "You won't leave the job. I say that none can
remove you." Soon after, Sinha received a government letter stating that in recognition of his meritorious
service, his promotion to superintendent was confirmed.

Darshan After Twenty Years

Purnanand Tewari and his brother went to Nainital with some papers concerned with the litigation of
their land. Purnanand had to return to Kainchi to get one more document, but his brother fell sick. This
required Purnanand to remain in Nainital taking care of him until evening. By that time there were no
buses back to Kainchi, so leaving his brother in Nainital, Purnanand began to walk to Gathia (a stop on
the way back to Kainchi). The darkness of night had fallen, and he still had several miles to go. There was
only one shop at Gathia, and when he reached there, Tewari asked the owner if he could stay overnight.
Choudhry, the owner, refused but said that if a truck stopped, he would ask the driver to pick him up
along the road. Purananad set out into the darkness again, carrying a small torch.
Along the way he came to a frightening culvert known as Kufia Danth. A steel chain hung from a tree
there, and it was said that an ascetic had tied a ghost to it. Though Tewari was a young man of about
twenty-one years, he was scared of ghosts. As he got closer, he saw a bulky man in the dim torchlight
sitting on the parapet in that lonely place. The man called out loudly, "Who is there? What's your name?
Where do you live?" Tewari got frightened. He thought it was a ghost, but he believed that there was no
point in running away from an evil spirit. He went closer and saw that the man was Baba Neeb Karori.
Tewari had heard of Baba's fame and had seen him earlier that same day in the house of an overseer in
Nainital. Purnanand still cherished a desire in his heart to touch Baba's feet, for he had hesitated to do so
that morning. At that solitary place he thought that perhaps Baba was giving him the opportunity.
Tewari said his name and that Kainchi was the name of his village. Baba said, "Your brother has fallen
sick. Don't worry, he will be alright." Tewari was amazed and remained standing respectfully with folded
hands. Baba continued, "Now go. You will get a lift on the way. Litigation is on, do not worry, you won't
lose in court. It is suffering due to karma. The case will drag on for a long time." When Tewari asked Baba
why he was there, Baba said, "I have come here to avoid evil spirits. There are many evil spirits in
Nainital." Tewari then asked, "Baba, when will I have your darshan again?" He replied, "After twenty
years. Now go. You will get a lift." Tewari bowed, touched his feet, and went on his way. He thought that
Baba said "after twenty years" because he did not want to give him darshan anymore. He hardly walked
five hundred yards when a truck driver approached from behind and offered him a ride. This event took
place in 1942.
On 25 May 1962 Baba stopped in Kainchi on his return from Ranikhet. Purnanand was sleeping in his
house when Baba sent a laborer to go and get him. The laborer told Tewari that a bania (businessman)
had come to meet him. He came out and saw that Baba Neeb Karori was waiting for him. Baba kept his
word and fulfilled the promise he made to him twenty years earlier.

A Transfer Cancelled

In 1965 Central Jail in Agra was vacated so that the prisoners from the Pakistan War could be
accommodated. Bhushan Chandra Joshi was superintendent of the jail. One day the inspector general of
jails was in Agra and told Joshi to get ready because he was going to be transferred. Joshi immediately got
his luggage packed. Later that day he received news that Baba was visiting someone's house in Agra and
went there to have darshan. Upon seeing Joshi, Baba at once said, "Is the I.G. God, that you have packed
your luggage on his word? I say go and unpack your luggage. You will not be transferred now." Joshi was a
great devotee, and on returning to his house, he obeyed Baba. Later he received a written order from the
government entrusting him with the supervision of the Pakistani prisoners. He remained in Agra until

Two More Children

In 1971 my wife's health deteriorated gradually until one day her condition became serious. I was worried
about her and went to the ashram to tell Baba of my concern. The sun was setting, and Maharaj was
sitting alone in his kuti, facing the window. I bowed to him from outside the window, went into the room,
and sat facing his back on the floor by his takhat. Some moments passed in silence. Then Baba suddenly
turned around and showing two raised fingers, said, "Two more children are yet to be born." He then
became serious and sat quietly facing the window.
In the mental state I was in at the time, I could not understand him. My wife was at death's door, and
Baba was saying two more children were to be born. It came to my mind that my wife would not die if two
more children were still to be born. Surely she would escape death. I felt a little more relaxed. I offered
pranaam to Baba and went back home. Then I began to think that my wife was aging and that if she was
going to give birth to more babies, she would not be able to withstand the physical strain. I then thought
that the birth of a child was a matter for joy and wondered why Baba became serious and quiet. I did not
have any answer to this question and it remained a mystery. Gradually my wife recovered.
In September 1973 Maharaj took Mahasamadhi, and in the winter of that very year, my wife gave birth to
twins. Both children had a beautiful appearance, but they were stillborn. It was then that I understood the
meaning of Baba's silence.
-Purnanad Tewari, Kainchi

Ordinary Problems

One day I was irritated by an itch on my head. Although I did not have lice in my hair, I suspected them to
be the cause. I asked Dwarkanath, who was standing nearby, to look, but he did not find any. At that very
moment Maharaj sent for me. I bowed before him and sat on the floor by his takhat. Without saying
anything, he patted me on the head and rubbed it for a while. I got much relief from it. Both of us were
silent; no one uttered a single word. I take it to be one of his many ways of showing that he was aware of
even insignificant problems.
-Radha Baum, U.S.A.

Whereabouts of a Missing Person

In 1932 Jagdev Singh came to see Baba with a subordinate Sikh officer. Speaking about Baba's greatness,
Jagdev Singh told the officer that Baba would answer his question correctly even if he did not ask it. The
Sikh officer wanted to ask something in particular about his friend Gainda Singh, whose son had

disappeared in grief after the death of his wife, but he did not say anything to Baba. Looking at him, Baba
said, "You want to ask about Gainda Singh's son who has run away from home. The boy has been asking
the priest in the gurdwara [Sikh place of worship] at Amritsar to take him as a disciple. His wife has died
and his mother is alive. The priest is not inclined to make him a disciple without his mother's permission."
The officer passed this information on to his friend Gainda Singh, who at that time was jailer at
Farrukhabad. Gainda Singh went to Amritsar immediately and brought his son back home

Three Sons

In 1968 Rajinder Anand came to Kainchi with her mother for Baba's darshan. As soon as Baba saw her, he
said to her mother, "Get the marriage of your daughter arranged." He gave Rajinder two rupees and sent
them away. They came out of the ashram, got on a bus for Haldwani, and sat down. When the conductor
came to give them tickets, they found that they were two rupees short of the fare. They paid with the
money that Baba had given to Rajinder. While they had accepted the money from Baba very reluctantly,
they came to understand that his purpose in giving it was to save them from that embarrassing situation.
At home the family began to make arrangements for Rajinder's marriage, which took place the following
year. After her marriage Rajinder and her husband went to Kainchi for Baba's darshan. Baba held up
three fingers and said to her, "Three sons will be born." Indeed, she gave birth to three childrenall boys.


After Shrimati Durga Mai's son took his B.A. exam, he was afraid of having failed and seemed depressed.
His mother came to Kainchi, and telling Baba of the situation, she asked whether her son would pass the
exam or not. Baba at once said, "Fail-Pass," and smiled. All the devotees present laughed. Then he said,
"He will pass and get a job in a bank." The boy's name was published in the pass list, and later he got a job
in a bank.

She Won't Marry

Godawari Tewari got a job in the Department of Planning, Uttar Pradesh, after completing her education.
One day she went to Hanumangarh to have Baba's darshan. When Baba saw her, he immediately said,
"She won't marry." Later she narrated, "Baba's utterance proved true in my case. I was rendered helpless
by circumstances. I had to shoulder the responsibilities of the education and marriages of my brothers
and sisters. Under these circumstances, I had to give up the idea of my own marriage."

Baba's B.D.O. Daughter

Once, when I went to Bhumiadhar to see Baba, he said, "My B.D.O. daughter has come." I wasn't B.D.O.
(block development officer) then, so I did not understand. Baba then said, "Don't go to America. Stay in
this country and serve it. If you go there, you will become a westerner." This also seemed completely
irrelevant. About a year after Baba said this, I was posted to the Garampani block of Nainital as B.D.O. I
also got the opportunity to go to America, but remembering Baba's advice, I did not accept the offer.

Hidden Devotion

Shrimati Damyanti Tewari's husband was very much devoted to Maharaj and always kept Baba's photo in
his wallet. One day in 1964 he and his wife came to Kainchi for darshan. Shrimati Tewari bowed at Baba's
feet and asked her children to do the same. Then she gestured to her husband to touch Baba's feet.
Maharaj saw her gesture and said, "He offered pranaam to me before the others. He believes in deeds
done without making a show of them." After looking at Tewari for some moments, Baba asked her, "Does
he keep my photo in his pocket?" and smiled affectionately.

The Magic of Speech

Kamla Soni was scared because she had to undergo a stomach operation. Others in the family were also
worried, so the whole atmosphere in the house was gloomy. Suddenly the telephone rang; it was Baba. He
asked Soni, "What's the matter?" Soni started talking about Kamla's operation. Maharaj interrupted him
saying, "The operation is done. Talk about something else." Kamla said, "There was a mysterious charm in
Baba's speech. It changed the atmosphere in the house. Everyone became more relaxed and I myself felt
relieved." The next day she went for the operation happily. She faced the trouble with ease, and the
operation was successful.

Proposal Accepted By the Government

I first had Maharaj's darshan in 1946 at the home of Bhagwan Sahai, I.C.S. (Indian Civil Service) officer in
Lucknow. As soon as I touched Baba's feet, he said to me, "Where were you? What did you talk about with
Lal Bahadur and Pant? They did not accept your proposal? They will agree with you the day after
tomorrow." I was surprised that Baba knew about the secret matters of the government, but I purposely
avoided further conversation about the matter. Two days later I had another meeting with Govind Ballabh
Pant and Lal Bahadur Shastri, and they accepted my proposal completely.
-Jagan Prasad Rawat, Kamlanagar, Agra

The Destined Proposal

Deshraj Pabbi of Rudrapur received two marriage proposals for his daughterone from a family in Delhi
and the other from a family in Bareilly. His preference was for the one from Bareilly, but his wife
preferred the one from Delhi. Because of this difference of opinion, they could not accept either proposal.
Deshraj was worried because they wasted a lot of time in indecision. At last both of them agreed to accept
whichever proposal Baba chose for their daughter.
When Deshraj came to Kainchi to settle the matter, Baba said, "It has to take place somewhere else," and
then got up and left. Deshraj did not understand what Baba meant. He went to Delhi to accept that
proposal, but because of the delay, it was too late. Then he went to Bareilly where he was also
disappointed, for the boy had got engaged to another girl. Some time later they received a proposal from
Amritsar that they were all happy with and their daughter was married there.

It Will Not Be Done

Mahinder Singh, an acquaintance of Deshraj, appeared for a job interview at Pantnagar University. In
spite of being quite confident that he would get the job, he did not receive the letter of appointment after
waiting for some time. Deshraj sent Mahinder Singh to Kainchi for Baba's darshan. As soon as Maharaj
saw him, he said, "He has come for a job. Thakur [a name for God] has spoiled your case. The work will
not be done now." Baba's words proved true. Mahinder Singh did not get the job.

Speculation In Gold

One day a rich man who speculated in gold on the stock market was present in Baba's durbar. Baba
introduced gold as a topic of conversation and said, "The price of gold will go down in future." The rich
man said, "No Baba, there is no such possibility." Baba gave certain reasons and said, "Its price will
certainly go down." The man got the point and sold all his gold at a marginal profit. Later the price did go
down and the man escaped a great loss. When he came to meet Baba the next time, he offered him two
thousand rupees as a way of showing his gratitude. Despite all his entreaties, Baba did not accept the
money. After he left, a devotee told Baba that the money could have been utilized for the ashram and
temple. He wanted to know why Baba had rejected the offer. Baba said, "He wanted to buy me with that

An Unexpressed Desire Fulfilled

Shrimati Durga Sah had heard of Baba, as every household in Nainital knew of him by that time, but she
had not found time from her housework to visit him at Hanumangarh. Once, when Guru Purnima (full
moon day dedicated to the worship of the guru) was being celebrated in Kainchi, she went there in the
company of some other women. When they arrived, puja to Maharaj was being performed. At her first
glimpse of Baba, Durga Mai received so much grace that a wave of bliss passed through her body. She
remained sitting with her eyes closed and felt that she was having the darshan of Hanuman through Baba.
A few months later many of Maharaj's devotees from Nainital were going to Vrindavan to see him. Durga
Mai was keen to go with them but felt unable and helpless due to family circumstances. She was sad at
heart since everyone known to her had left for Vrindavan. In the meantime a woman who had not gone
telephoned Durga Mai's husband and persuaded him to allow his wife to accompany her to Vrindavan.
Durga Mai hurriedly left with the woman. When she reached the ashram and bowed to Baba in reverence,
he said jokingly, "I had to chant a mantra to call you." She was overwhelmed.

Interrupted Samadhi

There was no permanent bridge over the river when I went to see Baba. Instead, there was a narrow
wooden bridge, and Baba was sitting at one end of it. It was raining heavily, yet devotees were going there
to touch his feet. I remained standing in the temple and did not dare to go to him. I prayed to the
Almighty saying, "O God, bestow upon me such devotion that I might bring Baba from the bridge into the
ashram." When everyone had come back after having his darshan, I also went to him. As soon as I got
there, Baba got up and said, "Who are you? You made me get up from my samadhi." Then he walked back
to his kuti with me.
-Shrimati Savitri Devi, Begumpul, Meerut

One Ailment, Different Treatment

One day Baba was sitting on a parapet by the roadside when a sadhu named Balak came and offered
pranaam to him. Baba said to Balak, "What's the trouble?" Balak told him that he had been suffering from
stomach pain since the previous evening. Baba gave him some of the remaining water from the lota (metal
pot) that he used when washing. Balak drank this, and then Baba made him run around. In a little while
the pain subsided.
The same day Pandit Mama also had pain in his stomach. Baba immediately got him admitted to Ramsay
Hospital in Nainital and sent his devotees to enquire about his health throughout the day. A devotee asked

Baba the reason for according different treatment to Pandit Mama. In reference to Balak, Baba said, "God
takes care of the person who has no one to look after him. Pandit is a well-to-do man. He wants good
treatment and also expects others to express their sympathy for him."

You Will Be I.G.

Once, when the appointment for the post of I.G. (inspector general) of police was under consideration by
the govenment of Uttar Pradesh, Hari Shankar Mathur, a devotee of Maharaj, was the D.I.G. (deputy
inspector general). There were six or seven other D.I.G.s who were senior to him. One day Maharaj asked
Mathur, "Why haven't you taken charge of the I.G.?" Mathur replied that he was quite junior. Maharaj
said, "No, you will be I.G. Go and take charge." The same night Mathur received a letter from the
government appointing him I.G

A Desire For Halwa

On his way to Kainchi, Iftiqar Hussein bought some mangoes to offer to Baba. One of the mangoes was a
peculiar shape, and he had a fancy for it. It came to his mind that Baba could be regarded as an
enlightened saint if he gave that particular mango back to him as prasad. He was also aware that Baba
gave puris (deep-fried bread) and vegetables to every visitor, which prompted another idea to flash in his
mind. His presumptions about Baba being an enlightened saint would be confirmed if Baba gave him
warm halwa (Indian pudding) to eat.
Before Hussein arrived at the ashram, Baba gave instructions for the preparation of halwa. When Iftiqar
Hussein arrived, Baba was in his room. After some time the door was opened and everybody went inside.
Iftiqar Hussein placed the mangoes at Baba's feet. Baba smiled and at once gave him the mango of his
choice. Iftiqar Hussein was amazed and said, "Master, I apologize for my thoughts." Maharaj immediately
sent someone to bring the warm halwa and gave it to Iftiqar Hussein to eat. Tears welled up in Iftiqar
Hussein's eyes.

No Discrimination

In an issue of Kadambini, a Hindi magazine, Dr. R.K. Karoli described his own experience with Baba. He
wrote that before going to the hospital one day, he went to the house where Baba was staying. On his way
he had thought of taking some bananas for Baba but could not buy any. When he arrived, he had to wait
for his turn amongst the other visitors. Meanwhile an industrialist drove up, got out of the car, and walked
straight into the room to meet Baba.
Feeling that the rich and famous were receiving easy access to the saint, Dr. Karoli was very perturbed. He
decided to go back to the hospital to make good use of his time. He was about to leave when a man came
up to him and asked if he was Dr. Karoli. When he said yes, the man said that Baba was calling for him.
Asking the doctor to accompany him, the man led him to Maharaj, who said, "You have not brought
bananas? Come, take these bananas as prasad. You were intending to go back. Listen, I don't discriminate
between people."

Bhushan's Promotion

Bhushan Chandra Joshi was promoted to deputy inspector general of prisons in Uttar Pradesh. He was
not at all happy with his promotion. He did not know whether to accept the appointment or not because
he had a weak heart and was afraid that too much traveling would be involved. He was confused and could
not decide what to do. He went to Kainchi to seek Baba's advice on the matter. When he was at the gate of
the ashram, Baba was sitting in his room. Baba said to the devotees present, "Joshi is coming. He thinks

he would die of touring duty." They did not understand what he meant. After a short while Joshi ji came
into the room, and Baba said to him, "Are you afraid? Will you die of a touring duty? Accept the
promotion. You still have to become inspector general." Although there was no chance of him becoming
an inspector general (I.G.), or so he thought, he did in time become an additional I.G. and later retired
from that post.

Not By This Bus

After staying at Kainchi ashram for some time, Shankar Prasad Vyas got ready to return to his home in
Varanasi. He decided to go to Kathgodam by bus and went to Baba for his blessings. Maharaj said, "You
won't go by this bus," and sent him by another bus the same day. Vyas ji narrated later that he saw the bus
that he had originally wanted to travel in along the roadside, where it was lying damaged after having met
with an accident. He then understood the significance of Maharaj ji's words.

A Desire Fulfilled

When I first came to Kainchi, I did not know the ashram way of life, nor was I acquainted with the people
there. One day I saw a relative of mine taking a piece of roti (bread) from Maharaj's room. I got curious
about it, and he told me that it was called mahaprasad (specially consecrated prasad). I understood that it
was the leftover food from Baba's meal, but my desire was not limited to a piece of bread. I thought that I
would be very lucky if I got the entire leftovers of his meal without asking for them. The very next
morning, after Baba finished his meal, he asked Shakuntala to give me all the leftovers. I did not know
Shakuntala then, but she came to my room bringing Baba's thali (plate). She said, "This plateful of
Maharaj ji's prasad has been sent for you." Then she gave me the plate, which she had covered with a
piece of cloth. I was very surprised and deeply moved. I thought myself very fortunate indeed.
It was my experience that Baba fulfilled all sorts of desires that arose in my mind, no matter how trivial,
whenever I was in Kainchi. Consequently I felt that I was giving a lot of trouble to Baba by desiring things
unnecessarily. I resolved not to do so, but when other such occasions arose, I forgot my resolution or
found myself hopelessly lacking in determination.

A Twofold Blessing

In 1946 Devkamta Dixit ji had Maharaj ji's darshan with his uncle, Durga Shankar Dixit ji, in Nainital.
Baba told Devkamta Dixit ji, "Stay with your uncle, do not leave him to get yourself treated by a vaidya
[ayurvedic physician] or a doctor. Have a long walk every day and eat a lot of fruit." Dixit ji was surprised
when Baba mentioned his illness. He did not place any importance on Baba's instructions, but he did as
Baba told him. In fact, doctors had thought that he was suffering from a serious illness, but after further
tests they found it was no longer the case. He recovered quickly and continued to maintain a close
relationship with his uncle, who unexpectedly gave him the management of Budhwal Sugar Mills. In this
way Baba blessed him twofold.

Freed From Worry

Once, while Pooran Chandra Joshi was attending Maharaj, he stayed in Bhumiadhar ashram for about
fifteen continuous days. During this time he did not even think of his family or his office. Some people
suggested to his wife that he might intend to become a sadhu. They said she should inform other members
of the family so that they could have a timely word with him to deter him from this course. She did not
believe that her husband would ever become a sadhu, and she did not want to involve other family

members unnecessarily. She was, however, worried about him. The very next day Baba came to their
house from Bhumiadhar and said to her, "You think that your husband will become a sadhu? Don't worry
about it. If he could become a sadhu, I would have immersed you in bliss."

An Unusual Way of Showing Grace

At Church Lane, Sudhir Mukerjee once showed Baba a calendar from Lucknow depicting Hanuman deep
in meditation of Lord Ram. Seeing it, Maharaj said, "Hanuman ji is absorbed in meditative bliss and so
am I. Get it framed tomorrow and keep it in the nearby almirah." I suggested that the picture be placed
there the next day accompanied by the recitation of the Sundarkand and the Hanuman Chalisa. Baba
agreed and leaving the task to me, asked me not to tell anyone about it. It is not clear how and from where
many people gathered there on that auspicious occasion since it was not publicized in any way. The
bhandara lasted until midnight.
After this celebration I longed to have the same calendar to provide a focus for worship. I looked for it in
vain in Allahabad and again when I went home to Lucknow. One day my nephew saw the same calendar in
the house of Dr. Har Narayan Singh, a lecturer at D.A.V. Degree College in Lucknow. My nephew asked
Dr. Singh to give the calendar to me, but Dr. Singh said, "I myself am a devotee of Hanuman. I cannot part
with this picture of my deity." That night Hanuman ji appeared in Dr. Singh's dream and ordered him to
give his picture, the calendar, to me in the morning. He also told him that the outcome of my worship
would also accrue to him. The next day while I was reading the morning paper in the living room of my
home, Dr. Singh arrived and introduced himself to me. He gave me the calendar and told me about his
dream. Thanking Dr. Singh, I was overwhelmed by Baba's grace. I understood that my desire was not
hidden from Maharaj and that it was he who gave darshan to Dr. Singh in the form of Hanuman. After all,
he himself is Hanuman.

An Unexpected Visit

I practice homeopathy from my home, and patients with chronic diseases would occasionally come to me
and tell me that Baba Neeb Karori had sent them for treatment. I attended them, and they would be
cured. It surprised me to notice that my medicines worked better on the patients sent by Baba than on
other patients. I did not know Baba, nor had I ever seen him. Although I had a keen desire to meet him, it
was not possible for me to leave my work to look for him.
One day a robust man with bare feet entered my room when his turn came. He was wearing a dhoti and
had a blanket wrapped over his shoulder. Without any formal introduction, he stood before me. When I
asked him what his problem was, he told me that he had a burning sensation in the palms of his hands. I
asked him a few questions to help with the diagnosis, but he did not give specific answers and then said,
"Give me any medicine that comes to your mind." I was rather disturbed by this and asked him to report
back to me on the fourth day. He said, "What will this small quantity of medicine do? Give me a larger
quantity. I am going away and will not come back." Then he asked the man who was with him to give me
twenty rupees. From his appearance and his way of talking, I guessed that he was a sadhu baba. Being
busy at the time, however, it did not come to my mind that he might be Baba Neeb Karori. I filled a bottle
with the medicine and gave it to him. In spite of my saying that I did not charge sadhus for medicines, the
man with him put two ten-rupee notes on my table. They took the medicine and left. I immediately put
that money in the charity box.
The next patient entered the room. After the usual exchange of greetings, he said to me, "Do you know the
man who just went out of your room?" When I said that I did not, he told me that it was Baba Neeb
Karori. I was stunned that such a great being had sat waiting for his turn two hours. My conscience
pricked me, for I did not show him due respect because of my ignorance. I went outside to look for him,
but he was nowhere to be seen.

-Dr. Brahma Swarup Saxena, Allahabad

Peace In the Family

Ram Narain Sinha's parents had died, and while he treated his two young stepbrothers like his sons, both
of them harbored ill feelings towards him. In spite of the fact that there was electricity in the house, one
day they quarrelled with Ram Narain's wife over a kerosine lamp. They told her that the lamp had
belonged to their father, so it was theirs. This lamp was very dear to Sinha's father, and Sinha had kept it
carefully as a momento. On his return from work, he heard about the harshness of his brothers and was
deeply hurt. He gave the lamp to them.
At that very moment Baba stepped into their house. Sinha did not know him nor had he ever seen him
before, but such was the impact of Baba's presence that he bowed before him. Baba called both boys to
him and severely reprimanded them. He made them apologize and bow at the feet of their elder brother.
He also made them say that they would respect him not only as their brother but also as their father.
Having restored peace to the family, Baba went outside where his devotees were waiting for him. Sinha
went outside with him and learned from the waiting devotees that Baba was Neeb Karori Maharaj. Sinha
has been a devotee ever since.

Peace to a Restless Mind

My future wife's aunt was making the arrangements for our marriage at her house. She was very worried
because she did not have enough money for it and could not find a way to solve the problem. It is said that
saints are moved by the distress of others. The family members were devotees of Maharaj, and one day he
arrived at her house. Just before he was about to go, he said to her, "Why do you worry about money?
Look into that box of yours. You have kept money in it." When Baba had gone, she thought about how he
knew that she kept money in a box. She knew how much money was inside, so she was not eager to open
it. She left it for a while and then thought again about the circumstances. When she went to open the box,
she was simply amazed to find it full of money. Baba's compassion moved her deeply. There was nothing
more needed, and the wedding arrangements went ahead smoothly.
-Ramesh Chandra Pandey, Barot, Meerut

A Grudge Against Baba

An aimless, unemployed youth came to meet Baba one day. Baba took pity on him and got him a good job
through people present at the time. He also spoke to members of the boy's family and arranged for his
marriage into a good family. Baba gave him the opportunity to lead a happy and comfortable life. After
getting the job, the youth increased his expenses to such an extent that he became distressed. His family
became a burden to him, and he lost the ability to think rationally. He blamed Baba for his marriage and
held a grudge against him. One day on the pretext of having darshan, he went into Baba's room at the
house of Mehrotra ji in Lucknow. As soon as Baba saw him, he put his blanket aside and baring his chest
said, "Kill me if you want to." The youth was stunned to see the expression on Baba's face and at the
exposure of his own thoughts. Holding him by the hand, a devotee immediately took him outside and
asked him what the matter was. The man confessed that Baba had revealed his true motive. He felt utterly
humiliated and left with his head bowed.

The Significance of His Command

Maharaj was at Church Lane when a woman from Jagati Niwas, Colonelganj, came for his darshan. Seeing
her, he said, "Are you well?" The woman, who seemed to be healthy, answered, "Baba, I am quite well." He
at once said, "Consult the lady Dr. Barar and complete the treatment she suggests. Don't worry about
money. I shall give money. Her fee is sixteen rupees." The woman then said, "I am healthy. I don't require
any treatment." Baba did not agree with her and said, "It is my command. Won't you carry it out? When
your legs fail you, even the members of your family will not care about you." Hearing his words, the
woman got scared. She could not discuss it with her family, for she felt healthy. As it was imperative to
obey Baba, she went to see Dr. Barar without telling them. Dr. Barar checked her thoroughly and told her
that because she had come early for examination, her condition could be cured with a long course of
treatment. Maharaj saved her from intense agony in the future.

His Words Came True

In 1930 Jagdev Singh Vohra of Rai Bareilly was sent from Quetta to Rajput Centre for training and stayed
with Ram Singh. One day Ram Singh took him to Baba. As soon as Baba saw them, he told Ram Singh,
"He has come from Quetta. He worships Shiva. You retire, take your pension, and leave your post for
him." After completing his training, Jagdev Singh went back to Quetta, and eventually all that Baba said
took place. Although there were many subedars senior to him, Jagdev was promoted to the rank of
subedar major and transferred to Fatehgarh Centre, where he took over from Subedar Major Ram Singh.

An Opportunity to Serve

Whenever Baba moved from one place to another, devotees got busy preparing for the journey. Someone
would get his car filled with petrol; another would buy railway tickets for him and the people
accompanying him. A devotee in Allahabad once made up his mind to buy Baba a railway ticket. When
Maharaj got ready to leave Allahabad, the devotee kept some money in his pocket and went with Baba to
Prayag station. When they got there, the devotee followed Baba but hesitated to ask him if he could buy
his ticket. Baba turned to him and said, "You are carrying money in your pocket. Why don't you buy a

Seasonal Fruit

Shankar Prasad Vyas of Varanasi was sitting in his room at Kainchi ashram involved in a discussion about
fruit. He said he had eaten all kinds of fruit, but he had not eaten a mango since his arrival. Sometime
later he went into the temple area and saw Baba sitting in his room. Baba saw him and at once said, "You
didn't get mangoes to eat?" Shankar Prasad felt petty and sat quietly by Baba. After a while a devotee
arrived with a basketful of mangoes and offered it to Baba. Baba asked an attendant who was standing
nearby to carry the basket to Vyas' room. With folded hands Vyas ji humbly said, "Baba, I was talking
casually about mangoes in my room. What shall I do with so many mangoes?" He then picked up a few
mangoes from the basket and raised them to his head in reverence. Baba looked at him, smiling.

Disregarding Baba's Instructions

Ganga Prasad Shastri was very devoted to Baba. One day he asked Baba whether his sadhana would be
accomplished. Baba replied, "Pandit, you have Hanuman's complete grace with you. There is no need for
you to do anymore sadhana now. If you do, you will have problems." Shastri thought that Baba said this
because he was old. He felt he was quite strong and undertook another arduous spiritual sadhana. In a
small accident he fractured his pelvis and could no longer move about independently. Whenever he

remembered Baba, he would say, "Baba gave me good advice, which I ignored. I would not have suffered
in this manner if I had followed his advice." He died in this helpless state.

A Warning

A Muslim constable named Haji did sentry duty at the gate of Kainchi ashram. One day he went for Baba's
darshan before starting his work, as he usually did. Maharaj said with a smile, "Haji, it is a bad day for
you. Don't leave your duty. Don't go anywhere." Haji bowed before him and went away to his duty. Later
he forgot Baba's warning and leaving the gate, walked towards the bus stand. On the way he slipped on a
banana peel and fell down. He fractured his arm and was sent to the hospital. He regretted that he did not
pay attention to Baba's warning.

Not to Marry

The marriage of a girl in Ramesh Chandra Pandey's family could not be settled, and everyone was worried
about it. The astrologer who read her horoscope said that she would be married in the thirty-second year
of her life. A marriage was arranged for her that year, and all the preparations for it were underway. One
day Baba arrived quite unexpectedly. Everyone in the house came to do pranaam to him. When the girl
bowed to him in reverence, Maharaj said to her, "Do not get married." Nobody understood the
significance of his words, so they were taken lightly. She was married as arranged. Five months later her
husband died, and she became a widow.

Resisting Baba's Influence

I first heard about Baba while I was teaching in Ghorakhal. One day in 1966 I decided to go for his
darshan. As soon as I went into Maharaj ji's kuti, he said, "Come, Srivastava, come." and told the devotees
present, "He belongs to Ayodhya. His father works in the Water Works Department." Considering I had
never met him before, I was surprised and impressed by his words. After that I went to Kainchi ashram to
see him often, and each time the impression he left on me deepened.
My guru had initiated me into the Nanak Shahi mantra, and I recited it every day. Once, when I came to
Kainchi to see Baba, I deliberately sat behind other visitors. I was having his darshan and simultaneously
reciting my guru mantra. Baba called me to him again and again and gave me fruit. After taking prasad
from him, I returned to my place each time and started to repeat my mantra. At one point I said to him,
"Baba, you are giving me all the fruit." Thereupon Baba smiled and whispered, "Because you were testing
me. Now you go." Baba knew what was in my mind. I did not want to leave his company, but at the same
time I wanted to restrain his influence on me because I was afraid that it might lessen my devotion to my
own guru.
-R.C. Srivastava, Khochan, Ayodhya

The Consequence of Disobedience

At Hanumangarh, Maharaj once told his devotee Bhagwati Prasad, "Go and recite Hanuman Chalisa
before Hanuman ji and do not go anywhere else." Just then the Raja of Kashipur's car arrived for Baba,
and he left. After Baba's departure other devotees also started leaving. Since Bhagwati Prasad did not
want to stay at Hanumangarh on his own, he ignored Baba's words and went with them. On the way a
huge stone came rolling down the mountainside onto the road. Bhagwati Prasad was hurt, but the others
remained unharmed. He was immediately admitted to Ramsay Hospital in Nainital

Roadside Darshan

Kainchi was on my bus route, so I had seen the construction of the temple and ashram. There was always
a crowd of devotees there, and I always drove past. I never went to have Baba's darshan because I could
not leave the bus. The Bhumiadhar temple had been constructed earlier and was also on my route. One
day while I was driving to Ganai via Bhumiadhar, I saw a large crowd along the way and heard that Baba
Neeb Karori was there. I could not stop to have his darshan for the same reason. I consoled myself,
thinking that highly enlightened saints are the images of God, therefore, if Baba was an enlightened soul,
he would know my feelings and give me darshan on his own. The very next morning, while I was driving
past the ashram on my way back to Bareilly, Baba was standing alone at a turn in the road as if he had
been waiting for me. I immediately stopped, got off the bus, and did pranaam to him. Baba asked, "Where
are you going?" and without waiting for a reply said, "You should never bother a sadhu in this way,
understand?" I apologized for my mistake.
-Sardar Ranjeet Singh

Cook Again

One morning at about 10 o'clock, Maharaj and some devotees arrived in Bareilly by train and went to the
house of Dr. Bhandari. Dr. Bhandari gave everyone lunch, and after some time Baba said, "Clean the
dining table and cook food again for seven people." Baba was obeyed, and everyone waited for the guests.
Before evening Prem Lal arrived from Lucknow with his family. He had not told Baba about his visit, nor
had he informed Dr. Bhandari. He was surprised and happy to see Baba at the house. The family came to
know that Baba had already asked that a meal be prepared for them. Baba's consideration made them
realize how much he loved them.

Giving a Test
One day Baba was sitting in a closed room at Radhay Shyam's house with some members of the family
when someone knocked at the door. Radhay Shyam did not like any disturbances during Baba's darshan.
He was also aware of Baba's supernatural powers, so before opening the door, he asked, "Baba, who is it?"
Smilingly, Baba asked, "Are you testing me?" and went on to say, "He is the brother of Badshah, the
advocate. He works at Solan. His wife has TB, and sitting by her bedside at night, he weeps." On opening
the door, the man who entered introduced himself as Baba had said and then entreated Baba for his
blessings to rid his wife of her disease.

Testing Maharaj

We were having tea with a dentist at Indra Pharmacy in Nainital when we learned that Maharaj had
arrived in Bhumiadhar. The dentist proposed that we go and give Maharaj a test. He prepared some
questions concerning turiyavastha (one of the highest states of samadhi in which the individual self
merges with the universal self), and we took a bus to Bhumiadhar. Baba usually ignored people who came
to test him, and we were also treated with a befitting indifference. Since Baba's room was full of devotees
and visitors, we did not find any room inside to sit. We offered pranaam to him from the door and sitting
on the shoes that lay scattered outside, had his darshan from there. Baba looked at us once. Without
saying anything to us, he asked one of his devotees to read out of the Yogavashistha. The devotee opened
the book at random and started reading from that page. Whatever he read was the complete answer to my
friend's unasked questions. We had nothing in our hearts but the utmost reverence for Baba's
supernatural powers. Having offered pranaam to him again, we returned to Nainital. The dentist later
became a sadhu.
-Dr. Ramlal Sah, Haldwani